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May 2015

Mapping Temperature at the Nanoscale

Scientific Achievement

A team of users and staff working at the Molecular Foundry have created a thermal imaging technique that can “see” how temperature changes from point to point inside the smallest electronic circuits.

Significance and Impact

Modern microelectronic circuits contain billions of nanometer-scale transistors, each generating tiny amounts of heat that collectively can compromise the performance of the device.

Research Details

M. Mecklenburg, W. A. Hubbard, E. R. White, R. Dhall, S. B. Cronin, S. Aloni & B. C. Regan. Science 2015 347, 6222.